Troubleshooting Tips: When Your Atomizer Doesn’t Work With Your Mod/APV or Battery
Posted on Mar 21, 2015. 52 comments

Troubleshooting Tips: When Your Atomizer Doesn’t Work With Your Mod/APV or Battery

by Jenny Spring

One of the most common issues found with vaping is that atomizers and clearomizers tend to seem as if they’ve completely stopped working with a mod/device.  Vape kits, such as the SMOK GX350 Kit, which comes with the GX350 MOD and the TFV8 Cloud Beast Tank all in one box, tend to pose this issue slightly less often than when MODs and tanks are mixed and matched. However, that is not to say that this problem cannot occur with kits as well, but it is a bit more seldom.

There are many vapers out there that believe that there’s a problem with their attachment, while others will completely write off their device out of frustration.  If you’re too that point, stop what you’re doing and let us sharing some of our troubleshooting tips for when your atomizer doesn’t work with your mod/device.

Tip 1:  Use Proper Maintenance

You can run through all the troubleshooting you want, but if you do not properly maintain your atomizer, clearomizer or device, then all the problem solving you do may not ever matter.  The first thing you should attend to is proper maintenance.  To use proper maintenance, thoroughly wipe down your gear with a damp cloth.  Ensure that you properly clean areas that have small crevices.  These small hard-to-get-to areas absorb junk and debris, especially since e-liquid tends to attract to the rest of our gear.

Tip 2:  90% of The Time It’s A Connection Issue

90% of the time it’s a connection issue… we say this because it’s true.  Before following along with the rest of the tips we provide today, you must first know that if you’re experiencing issues with your atomizer not working properly with your mod/device, then it’s most likely a connection issue between the two.

To solve this, you’ll want to begin touching base with each part of your atomizer or clearomizer, and your device.  Anywhere that a connection is being made, you’ll want to thoroughly inspect and ensure that those areas aren’t covered in debris, and that they are actually making a proper connection.  Most times, a coil in an atomizer isn’t screwed in all the way, a center pin on a device is lower than it should be or the pin on an atomizer or clearomizer needs to be pulled down just a hair.  There are many reasons why your atomizer may not work with your mod/device, and typically it comes down to a connection issue that you’ll have to fix.

Tip 3:  Adjust The Center Pin

Though above we’ve stated that adjusting your center pin can solve a connection issue, we would like to say it again because we can’t stress enough how common it is to have a center pin issue.  The center pin is the small connection tip that sits inside of a 510 connector.  When your atomizer is screw into your device’s connector, the atomizers pin and your device’s center pin will meet and make contact for power.  Most times when an atomizer doesn’t work with a device, it stems from the center pin being too low or an atomizers pin being too high.  Manufacturers have began solving this issue recently, by making that center pin adjustable or spring-loaded to reduce this issue in the future.  If your device doesn’t come with an adjustable or spring-loaded center pin, you can pull you pin up a bit by prying the pin just a bit with something small, such as a precision flathead screwdriver.  However, we recommend that doing this, you take a risk of damaging the o-ring seal that rests between your connector and center, so be sure you’re careful and precise.

Tip 4:  Check For Shorts

If you’re using an rebuildable atomizer, then your issue will more than likely come from your current coil build.  Inspect your build and check for shorts.  Ensure that your posts are screwed down to a snug fit and your end-leads are cut short so that they do not touch the deck or the atomizers housing.

Tip 5:  It’s The Coils Fault

A lot of times, when using a clearomizer, it’s honestly the coils fault.  Though manufacturers to a stand up job on manufacturing pre-made coils, we know that everyone is not perfect, and even an inspection crew at the facility will catch every bad coil.  With this being said, it’s very possible that sometimes you’ll come across a coil that is dead on arrival, but more likely just a simply connection issue.  Though we would like to automatically blame it on the coil… it’s the coils fault, there may just be more to it than a DOA product.  If all else fails, and being that manufacturers do sometimes make mistakes, we highly recommend when buying any atomizer or clearomizer that you purchase extra coils for these exact moments.


  • Posted by debbie boyd on May 21, 2018

    My eleaf worked fine yesterday. This morning there is no reaction when I press the atomizer button. Please help.

  • Posted by Julie Armstrong on May 21, 2018

    purchased a Kbox Mini and tried putting my cloud chasers inc maus tank on it and its telling me 9.9 ohms. slapped my old aerotank on it and it works fine. cleaned the connections and adjusted the pins – no luck. i dont have any extra coils for my Maus.. any suggestions?

  • Posted by BJ on Feb 24, 2018

    Veco tank doesn’t work on my attitude MOD, keeps saying to the atomizer

  • Posted by Jan on Feb 06, 2018

    Bubbles up like I’m tasting it

  • Posted by Zach Taylor on Jan 29, 2018

    I have a joybo mod with a smok big baby tank. My vape worked perfectly yesterday but when I when to hit it this morning it wasn’t reading the atomizer, I thought maybe there was dirt on the mods connection and I rinsed it water then I put the tank back on and it worked but not for long because it quit again. Also my smok alien mod seems to work all right(I use the same tank for both), when I hit the fire button it reads as if it sees the atomizer but it still doesn’t hit. I think it might be my tank, but I’m not sure. Pls help

  • Posted by Steph on Jan 04, 2018

    I just recently had this happen to me again. Normally my vape will say no atomizer when it’s not tightened all the way. But for some reason it randomly starting saying that and I messed with it a bunch. I’m going to put a new coil in it when I get home and hopefully that’s the main problem, but if it keeps happening, then it’s my cleito tank and I will have to buy a new one :(

  • Posted by Carissa on Dec 20, 2017

    I just purchases the Nautalis2 and the itaste vv4. It will not fire. I have switched the atomizer to the older version and that has not fixed the issue. Are these not compatible? Please help!!

  • Posted by Fernando on Nov 28, 2017

    I have a ijoy captain pd1865 with a ijoy captain s tank the device says no atomizer found everytime i try to hit it and won’t tell the right ohms on it cuz of it so what can I do

  • Posted by Tyler on Nov 23, 2017

    I have a low pro RDA and every time i turn the device off and take the RDA out, I always get a different resistance reading. I cant seem to figure out a solution to the problem. Do you have any suggestions on why this keeps happening? thank you

  • Posted by Rosemary on Oct 21, 2017

    My Amigo clicks when I push the button to hit leaks oil and the oil gets on my mouth. How can I fix that?
    It is brand new just bought it yesterday!

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